Only One Gospel (Reprise)

The language of religion
Is everywhere the same
In every age of history
That one might care to name

So similar to one another
Our religions be
That Hindus, Muslims, Jews
As well as Christianity

Have holy texts beginning
Exactly identical
So same be every message
Human visionaries tell

In the beginning was the Word
Each one of them assure
And that the Word was with our God
Of this they all seem sure

Likewise that the Word and God
Became one entity
And also that speaking that Word
Caused all we know to be

But indications many of
Divine universality
Go far beyond these simple few
For there passages be

In holy texts existing
Since the dawn of history
In diff’rent words describe the same
Exact reality

One wonders why we are at war
Each other to convince
Of identical tenets
Why we use our words to mince

More minor complications
Than anybody need
When holy texts and inner heart
Are all that we must heed

So let your brother walk his path
And you walk yours beside
Neither wasting energy
The other’s to deride

For if you look more closely
Then you will surely find
All those paths lead equally
None gone ahead, none left behind

The strong to no advantage
Unless they help the weak
Unto that selfsame Deity
That every Spirit seek



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A poet is the strangest sort of soul
You in this life may e'er expect to meet
More broken even while more truly whole,
Innocently intending well, more sweet

Than any but a five year old should be
Unfit to meet a callused world's demand
Or to behave aught expediently
All grace in flight; an albatross on land

Do not the all too common error make
Do not fall into the too easy trap
Avoid the fatal egoic mistake
Imagining that poet be a sap

Powerful spirits classic and antique
Give voice when poets ope their mouths to speak

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